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Old 09-05-2009, 12:43 PM   #1
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Just picked up a YJ

I am new here but I just picked up an 87 YJ for $400. It came into my shop after sitting for 4 years. It need help but is a good project. The previous owner put a new carb on the 4.2 but an exhaust valve on #5 is stuck open. So tomorrow I am pulling the head to give it a valve job. The body is solid with a few bubbles and one hole in the floor. The frame has a bit of rust at the rear shackles. I plan on treating the rust and welding some patch panels in. It also needs a gas tank and shield. And front brakes, rotors, and all new brake lines. It is my winther project. I already have the hard top sold for some good money. I will get some pics tomorrow when I start tearing it apart. I am pulling the body off the frame. Is there any advice on pulling the body. I guess as long as the bolt break loose I will be ok.

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well i'm sure they will break but probably not how u think they will. the torque bolts on wranglers are notoriously a pain in the ars. and other then that the tank brand new cost me 130 from carquest, and as far as the frame goes take a hammer to the whole thing. and beat on it and see what u actually have for rust. my guess theirs more their then u think. i had this prob, the big areas to look at are rear shackle's and up front by the steering box. but it sounds like u have the shop space to take care of anything that its going to put u though.and as far as a carb goes did he buy a new carter or did he upgrade to the mc2100 or Weber.

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Old 09-05-2009, 03:09 PM   #3
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I already took a hammer to the frame. The only bad spots are at the rear and the spots are not through. The frame is actually very clean. Just a few patches of flaky rust at the very rear. The carb is a reman stocker. I have a 4bbl intake but not sure if I want to use it. I think I will try the stock intake and carb after I rebuild the head. I think I got to the jeep just in time another year of sitting and there would be serious rust. It is just a few blisters here and there. For me the jeep is going to be a beater/beach truck. I am only going to run a bikini top. I just want to have fun with it. I will post up some pics tomorow when I get it home.
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keep us updated, I am undertaking a very similar project. Seems you'll get started on taking the body off before I get a chance to though, so I'll learn from your mistakes :P
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welcome yj brotha, sounds like you got some work, good luck and post progress.

when you go to pull the body let me know if you have any questions, you can see the progress on my frame off build in my sig.
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Old 09-06-2009, 09:17 AM   #6
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Welcome and I'll be interested in watching your progress. The bolts to the body are an understatement- be prepared to use 55 gallons of PB Blaster and a torch. OH did I say torch -I mean a flame thrower. Get out your profanity guide book --you may need a few extra #@*#*@ to help you through. Make sure no guns are present and the sledge hammer is far enough away not to temp you-- into beating the jeep into submission.
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Old 09-06-2009, 05:05 PM   #7
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After tearing the jeep apart today I decided not to remove the body. THe rust isn't that bad. I took a ton of pics and will post them shortly as soon as I find the cable for my camera.
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Old 09-06-2009, 07:22 PM   #8
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Found my cable. Got the pics on Photobucket. Here is is after I removed the top:


Here are the holes in the frame. I used a hammer to open them up as far as they would go.




I removed the side steps and had one small hole on the passenger side and one large hole on the driverside. I also tore into the motor to remove the head. The new carb is a computer delete carb so as soon as I do the nutter mod the computer won't be needed. The motor is sludged, I drained the oil and put about 2 gallons of Kerosene to let the motor soak. I found a rear main seal leak which sucks.




I pulled the windshield to fix the frame it has 3 small holes. My son was learning to drive.


Also the plastic tank is shot. I need everything the tank, shield, straps, and the filler hoses. This is going to be the bigest expence in the whole project. I also found the motor had a felpro head gasket so the motor had been apart before. Next step is the frame, floor, and body repairs.
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Old 09-06-2009, 07:43 PM   #9
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I had my son pull the spare and all the mounts


Some of the body rot I have to fix:




Interior is in very nice shape:


THe worst part of the body is not the holes it is the dents:




Pile of left over parts, time for a sale:
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Old 09-07-2009, 08:29 PM   #10
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Started with about the same thing I had a blast with it. Have fun and I'm going to go buy some stock in pb blaster before you start!
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Old 09-28-2009, 07:30 PM   #11
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typical jeep. Looks almost as screwed up as mine.
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Old 09-28-2009, 07:49 PM   #12
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being that you are going to have to pull the pan to fix the rear main seal and the heads off u might want to think about pushing out the pistons and ball honing/rering and replacing the bearings
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Old 09-28-2009, 08:21 PM   #13
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The bearings look new no brass showing. The cylinders have no ridge and cylinders still show the crosshatching. Besides after 2 weeks I have the Jeep about done.

Engine back together with Weber Carb:


I just painted it Saturday:



Ghost Flames:



Here are pics of the body work:




The interior repairs with 3 coats of Herculiner:




It has been a rough 2 weeks but I am impatient to get it done. Tomorrow the windshield goes in. The only things holding me up is the gas tank skid plate, the linkage for the Weber, and performing the nutter mod. I should have it all done this weekend.
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Old 09-28-2009, 08:27 PM   #14
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Here are a few more pics, I turned my dads garage into a paint booth. I just have a little wet sanding to do.





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Old 09-28-2009, 08:31 PM   #15
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Here are pics of the frame repair. I cut out the bad with a plasma cutter and welded in heavier metal. I am looking for a doner frame to cut the ends off. I figure I have a few years.


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looks good
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Old 09-28-2009, 10:52 PM   #17
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Nice work and you got a great deal.
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Old 09-29-2009, 11:38 AM   #18
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wow... nice man you do some good and fast work!!! looks great!!!
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Old 09-29-2009, 07:46 PM   #19
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Old 11-21-2009, 06:02 AM   #20
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Figured I would update this. Here is it after a rough country lift, tj flares, and a bit more work. I know the rear flares are at an angle but I did not want to cut them to fit so I figured this was the best option.









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Your YJ looks great! The kids remind me of mine the first time I took them for a ride with the top off they were age 3 and 4. They are seniors in college and the still talk about how excited they were!
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Old 11-21-2009, 11:46 AM   #22
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Nice job dude. Looks like you have a lot of ambition,
You couldn`t have touched that jeep here for $400.00. I`ve seen some here in the great northwest that the only thing holding them together was the rust and they still went for over $1500.00.
So, how was your dad feeling about you turning his garage into a paint booth?.
One of these days I`m going to have to kiss my wifes behind so I can get some armor,
I really like the looks of that stuff. I should have taken it off the other one I had.
You did a really nice job on that paint from what I can see.
You need to get some of those stainless steel hood pins. They are only like $12.00 and myself, I think they really add to it.
You`re doing a bang up job kid..
and Fweaky is right, your kids will never forget riding in it with the top off. My 2 year old grandson just loves it, he puts his head up so high and everytime we leave he points at it and says jeep, jeep, He hates it when I say nope,,not this time bud,,,
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Old 11-21-2009, 11:58 AM   #23
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My dad has had a blast. He got pissed when I started laying out the flames. He told me I was ruining the jeep. Damn old guys. He loves the way it turned out. Also I fixed the rear fender flares, they are level now. They were stamped with what side they go on but the china man who made them put the wrong stamp on each side. I guess that is waht I get for buying cheap Ebay flares. Next weekend I am making the swing out spare tire mount. Yea I plan on some stainless hardware. I was given a ford truck that had the brand new 33/12.50/15's. I parted out the truck to pay for the lift and other parts. I am trying to not spend any out of pocket money. Right now I have no more than a $1000 out of pocket in the jeep. The paint has some slight orange peel. I did wetsand and buff the hood and front fenders.So they are pretty smooth now. I have painted quite a few cars now. At least there are no bugs in the paint.
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Dang...
I bought a rusty pile of crap YJ for $500.
Two weeks later it was still a rusty pile of crap YJ...that I love to drive.
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You've made great progress. Lookin' sweet.
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Old 11-21-2009, 04:49 PM   #26
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Here are pics of the fixed rear flares. I borrowed a transporter tag from work and took it on its madien voyage. The carb and the tv cable need adjustment. The bfgs are a little bumpy at low speeds. Otherwise it handles great. I trashed the track bars and the sway bar.



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Wowzers!! I like it!!
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I am on a super tight budget with Christmas coming up. So I made my own tire carrier. It cost $90 in materials. It required nothing more than a drill/drill press, mig welder, chop saw/saws all, and die grinder. I kept it simple. No 1000lb bearing set-up. I went with a hardened 5/8" soild rod, thick gauge pipe, made copper bushings and 2"x2" box tubing 1/8" thick. It will hold my 240 pounds with no problem. Here are the pics, let me know what you guys think.

















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My helper since my son was out of town:
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My 88 wrangler has the 6cyl 4.2 with decent power but it has the carter carb on it. Looking into putting a new Weber on though. I have 31's as well. Its decent power but would like more. I have heard that the 4cyl in that year were real weak and cant turn the bigger tires well like the 31-33s.

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